In our final edition of “A Tribute to the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern”, C. Vision’s cameras take you to the far west end of the DM&E system. Beginning in Pierre, we immediately cross the Missouri River to cover the remaining miles of DM&E’s mainline to Rapid City, over the infamous PRC Subdivision. You will see trains traveling through the isolated, scenic area along the Bad River between Fort Pierre and Midland, climbing the steep grade of Wall Hill, and traveling through the beautiful Cheyenne River Valley, near Wasta. Next, we will take a brief look at a portion of the old “Cowboy Line”, between Chadron and Crawford, Nebraska, now being operated by the Nebraska Northwestern Railroad. Last, but certainly not least, we will explore the Black Hills Subdivision from Dakota Junction, Nebraska to Colony, Wyoming.
While in South Dakota, this route follows the eastern edge of the Black Hills from one end to the other, making it one of most scenic stretches of railroad in the state. Bentonite is this railroad’s lifeblood, and we see many trains of the heavy clay operating across the hilly terrain of western South Dakota, with everything from SD7’s, to SD40-2’s. With coverage beginning in 1991, and extending into the Canadian Pacific era, this program brings you the complete DM&E story, showcasing the many changes that have occurred since the railroad came into existence in 1986. As an added bonus, a brief look at C&NW operations in the Black Hills is also included. Don’t miss C. Vision’s final look at this mighty regional railroad, in “A Tribute to the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern, Volume 3, The PRC and Black Hills”.